“Bubble Guy” Matt Henry blows a big bubble for children to chase at the Whidbey Island Fair Thursday. The performer is a regular fixture at the fair, which runs through Sunday. (Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record)

“Bubble Guy” Matt Henry blows a big bubble for children to chase at the Whidbey Island Fair Thursday. The performer is a regular fixture at the fair, which runs through Sunday. (Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record)

Whidbey Island Fair returns

Visitors gather to take their turns on carnival rides and watch beloved 4-H animals compete.

Though the skies over Langley were gray Thursday, that didn’t deter carloads of fairgoers from showing up for one of the year’s most anticipated events on Whidbey Island.

Following a year’s hiatus because of COVID-19, visitors from all ends of the island gather to take their turns on the carnival rides, consume pounds of curly fries and watch beloved 4-H animals compete.

Maegan Donier, 10, is part of the Artsy Animals 4-H club. Standing in the poultry barn on the fairgrounds, she holds one of her hens, named Scramble.

Donier has a total of five chickens that she is showing at the fair this year. One of her chickens was plucky enough to win the grand junior poultry prize.

Her favorite chicken is Astrid, a black star hen who lays beautiful brown eggs.

Nearby in the poultry barn, a freshly hatched duckling sitting in an egg incubator draws the attention of several small children.

Out on the midway, while holding a scone, 2-year-old Carter Jones dances and sways to the music of a cover band performing on the main stage. This is the youngster’s first time at the Whidbey Island Fair.

The busiest lines are, by far, for fried food items. Teenagers frantically slice potatoes to keep up with the growing demand for curly fries.

Booths offer everything from tie-dyed clothing to personalized signs to even COVID-19 vaccines.

Over by the pole building, “Bubble Guy” Matt Henry advised the crowd of kids tripping over each other to chase his bubbles because they are a “no-contact sport.”

The performer is a regular fixture at the Whidbey Island Fair. With a flick of the wrist, his iridescent bubbles can grow to be up to a few feet long.

Even if he won the lottery, Henry said he would still come to the Whidbey Island Fair.

“It’s awesome. I see a lot of the same kids from year to year,” he said. “They have a crazy amount of entertainment here for a small fair.”

The fair fun will continue through Sunday.

Carter Jones, 2, dances and sways to the music of a cover band performing on the main stage at the fair. (Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record)

Carter Jones, 2, dances and sways to the music of a cover band performing on the main stage at the fair. (Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record)

A freshly hatched duckling sits in an incubator in the poultry barn. (Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record)

A freshly hatched duckling sits in an incubator in the poultry barn. (Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record)

Geese in the petting zoo are admired by onlookers. (Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record)

Geese in the petting zoo are admired by onlookers. (Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record)

Maegan Donier, 10, holds Scramble, one of five of her 4-H chickens. (Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record)

Maegan Donier, 10, holds Scramble, one of five of her 4-H chickens. (Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record)

Adults and children alike get ready to ride the Yo-Yo at the fair. (Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record)

Adults and children alike get ready to ride the Yo-Yo at the fair. (Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record)

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